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Cover of a book "Giant Robot" with art of a robot and the GR2 Gallery illustration.


Giant Robot: Thirty Years of Defining Asian-American Pop Culture

A deluxe hardcover that celebrates the pop culture phenomenon, Giant Robot, who redefined what it meant to be Asian-American for the late 20th Century

Los Angeles, 1994. Two Asian-American punk rockers staple together the zine of their dreams featuring Sumo, Hong Kong Cinema and Osamu Tezuka. From the very margins of the DIY press and alternative culture, Giant Robot burst into the mainstream with over 60,000 copies in circulation annually at its peak. Giant Robot even popped right off the page, setting up a restaurant, gallery, and storefronts in LA, as well as galleries and stores in New York and San Francisco. As their influence grew in the 90s and 00s, Giant Robot was eventually invited to the White House by Barack Obama, to speak at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and to curate the GR Biennale 3 at the Japanese American National Museum.

Home to a host of unapologetically authentic perspectives bridging the bicultural gap between Asian and Asian-American pop culture, GR had the audacity to print such topics side-by-side, and become a touchstone for generations of artists, musicians, creators, and collectors of all kinds in a pre-social media era. Nowhere else were pieces on civil rights activists running next to articles on skateboarding and Sriracha. Toy collectors, cartoonists, and street style pioneers got as many column inches as Michelle Yeoh, Karen O, James Jean, and Haruki Murakami.

Giant Robot: Thirty Years of Defining Asian-American Pop Culture features the best of the magazine’s sixty-eight issue run alongside never-before-seen photographs, supplementary writing by Giant Robot contributor and journalist Claudine Ko, and tributes from everyone who had a hand in making the magazine and storefronts into a cultural touchstone for so many. Now a contemporary art gallery GR2 and specialty retailer at its home on Sawtelle in LA, Giant Robot continues to carve out space for friends and fans alike to keep coming together.


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